As Autumn and winter roll around, do you find yourself constantly getting sick and wondering why??
There are some common factors which can increase your chances of getting sick. It is crucial to boost your immune system in the lead up to Flu Season. Check out our tips below.
Factors that increase your chances of getting sick
Everyone has heard of the saying "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away". But is It true? Keeping an unhealthy diet with an excess of sugar and alcohol can in fact increase your chances of getting sick as you are not getting the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function correctly and keep the immune system intact. This is a key factor in why you may constantly be getting sick..
Not Enough Sleep
If you are not having enough sleep every night, this can also cause your immune system to suffer, leading to the possibility of your illness returning. If your body does not have enough sleep, it cannot product enough of the protective proteins, which helps fight infections and viruses.
During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don't get enough sleep.
This may seem like an obvious factor that increases your risk, and it is. If you are not constantly washing your hands it can cause an increase an increase of germs and potential viruses, all aiding in lowering your immune system and causing you to again, be sick. Bad oral health is also a major factor in increasing your risk, as if you are not brushing your teeth it can cause the harmful bacteria to grow out of control, hence leading to a lower immune system.
Simply Spending more time in close proximity to others such as travelling on the train to work, exposes your body to a larger range of illnesses. Working with small children can also increase your risk.
Is your work or home life causing you excessive stress? This is also a major factor in lowering your immunity. Having an increase in stress, also affects your sleep quality which causes your immune system to suffer. Chronic psychological stress prevents the body from properly regulating the inflammatory response. Inflammation has been linked to the development and progression of many diseases. People who are exposed to long periods of stress are more likely to develop colds upon exposure to the cold-causing germs.
Top Tips to Boost your immunity
Follow some of the below tips to avoid that reoccurring illness, and to make a overall positive lifestyle change!
Take an Immune Booster
Take an immune boosting product such as Ethical Nutrients Immune Defence. This can increase your immune function as well as reduce the severity and duration of a cold when taken twice daily. Immune defence includes herbs such as Andrographis, Echinacea and Siberian Gingseng to keep your immune system healthy.
Increase Fruit and Vegetables
Eating an antioxidant-rich diet helps your body function at its best and that includes maintaining a healthy immune system. Add extra immune supporting nutrients into your everyday diet by choosing foods with anti-microbial and/or immune boosting activity. These include garlic, onion, ginger, honey, citrus fruits and berries, as well as herbs and spices such as thyme, turmeric, fennel, rosemary and sage. Incorporating these foods into your diet can be as simple as adding a few herbs to a homemade chicken soup, creating a spicy stir-fry with plenty of garlic, onion and ginger; or perhaps making a hot drink with fresh grated ginger, lemon and honey. Simply grate a small piece of ginger, squeeze half a lemon and put a heaped teaspoon of honey into a cup or mug. Add hot water and stir the ingredients together. Quick and easy recipes such as this can help provide soothing relief when you’re sick with a cold or flu along with Ethical Nutrients immune support range.
Get Enough Sleep
Regularly Wash Hands With Soap
This limits the spread of germs and therefore the chance of infecting yourself. If you’re out and about, take some antibacterial wash or wipes to use before eating, after using public transport, or after handling money.
Engage in regular exercise to improve overall health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend adults aged 18 to 64 years should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week.5 This is equivalent to 30 minutes of brisk walking or running five days a week.
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